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Basket forms | Christopher R Ellison

Metalwork


Basket forms

Materials and process

The basket form series evolved as I researched different methods in constructing vessel forms. Traditional metal raising techniques were labor intensive resulting in work that was impractical for the audience I was trying to reach. My work resembles baskets made in the traditional method using “spokes and weavers”. It begins with a sheet of brass cut to the center, then bending the spokes alternately to form the body. Details are often other metals (steel, stainless steel, copper and bronze) offering a contrast of colors.

Large basket form

Large basket form
Large basket form

Memories basket form

Memories basket
Memories basket

Artichoke basket form

Artichoke baket form

Barbed-wire basket

Barber-wire basket
Barbed-wire basket

Leafed vase form

Leafed vase form

 

Basket form with ties

Basket with ties
Basket form with ties